Health

Gum and Snacking

Do you have a get the munchies in the middle of the afternoon? A new study finds you can crush that 3 p.m. cookie craving just by chewing a little gum.

According to Drs. Oz and Roizen, the Oprah doctors, people who chew either sweetened or sugar-free gum after lunch feel full longer, have fewer hunger pangs, fewer cravings for sweets, and eat fewer afternoon snacks.

When you eat, your taste buds are stimulated by the food. But that exposure to the tastes and smells of food also lessens how good it tastes. And that is one of the cues that signal your brain that you’re full. Chewing gum may have this same effect — but without all the calories!

You can make the gum trick work even better by thinking about how many snacks you’ve eaten. It will also help if you grab a tall drink of water before every snack. Sometimes the hormones that cause thirst feel a lot like hunger pangs. So drinking will make them go away. And don’t snack in front of the computer. You’ll probably eat more when you’re distracted by what’s on-screen.

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